Recent Anime News That Matters (To Me)

It’s been incredibly slow around these parts, so to kick things up a little bit, I’ve decided to share some recent anime news that’s caught my eye, along with my thoughts on it. Feel free to comment on these pieces of news, as well as with your own!

DMI Tells Amazon to Go F**k Itself!

Okay, not really. However, Digital Manga, Inc. has decided to give some of their manga titles to Kobo Books, an e-reader service, after Amazon updated Kindle’s Publishing Terms and Conditions to say that pornographic material is not allowed on the Kindle. After changing the Terms and Conditions, Amazon took DMI’s yaoi manga off of Kindle, and then subsequently denied their other manga submissions.

It’s nice to see that manga is finding a home on any e-reader, but it still perplexes me as to why it has to be yaoi. Sigh.

Fangirl Yaoi Bait Goes Live!

I have to admit, I definitely jumped for joy on Thursday when it was announced that July’s issue of LaLa Magazine announced that there will be a live-action show based off of the popular manga and anime Ouran High School Host Club.

I’m a big fan of the show, so I’m rather curious to see how this turns out. They seem to have nabbed some quality talent, such as Haruna Kawaguchi and Yūsuke Yamamoto, who will be playing Haruhi and Tamaki, respectively, so I’m hoping it shines like it should. We won’t have to wait long to see, either; the show will be airing in July in Japan.

Shounen Goodness, MMO Style!

Sega and Beijing Perfect World Network Technology have announced that a Saint Seiya MMO is in the works! There is no word yet on which countries will be able to enjoy the game, but they did confirm that they will begin testing the game in China sometime before the end of the year.

I am extremely excited for this, but cautiously so, since I am highly doubt that this game will make it to America. However, as an avid fan of Saint Seiya, I’m happy to see so much interest in the project.

4Kids Acts Like It Matters!

Oh, you.

4Kids has submitted a motion in it’s bankruptcy proceeding to disallow the co-licensor of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise to take control of the license, specifically for the upcoming series Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. They want to put more work into proving that their license is still valid before allowing it to be taken from them.

Now, I work at a law firm, and while I’m not an expert, I can comfortably say that I would bet that this isn’t going to work. They pleaded to the judge to speed up the process for a hearing on their motion to protect the YGO license, which was a pretty poor move on their part, in my opinion. Each party in a court proceeding has every right to the time allotted by law to give a rebuttal to court papers that are filed, and it’s ridiculous to think that they could convince the court to ignore that in their favor.

Being that 4Kids has been on a downward spiral for some time now, I think they need to be exceedingly careful here, and they don’t seem to be doing that. Only time will tell how this pans out.

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